I will be completely honest here, dear readers – You’re all aware of my face oil obsession. I have to have every single face oil out there. Body Oils…are a different story. Unlike my skincare routine, my body care routine is quite streamlined, and I like to keep it that way – a girl has got to prioritize, right? My arms and legs are always crying for extra moisturize (even though the temperature is soaring up to late 80s here in Texas), and it gets expensive to buy a 3.3 oz body oil bottle every month. Those luxury body oils don’t come cheap (at least not the ones I like anyway!). I mentioned my DIY Body Oil several times on my Instagram page, and since some of you expressed an interest, here’s some more details. And no, I have never concocted my own DIY face oil. I would rather leave that to the experts.
There’s not much into this recipe, and anyone with a couple of different oils can easily concoct one. The oil blend ratio mentioned below is an approximate estimate, and please feel free to adjust as required, based on your skin type and personal preference. For my current blend, here’s what I used:
- An Empty Container – I repurposed an old Miron Glass Bottle (Capacity: 3.3 oz) that I had saved up, after running out of Yuli Skincare’s Halcyon Cleanser. I think this is the same bottle that comes with Yuli’s Harmony Body Oil as well. Using a high quality container is not a prerequisite, of course, but I like it, because it’s oh-so-glamorous!
- Grapeseed Oil (About 1 oz) – Easily available in grocery and health food stores. I’d choose one that’s organic, and cold pressed. I like to add grapeseed oil because it’s fast absorbing, very light in texture. It contains a lot of natural fatty acids, and is odorless too. Besides, it helps prevent the solidification of body oil, due to the addition of…
- Coconut Oil (1.7 oz) – I used Cocovit’s organic coconut oil this time. I was super lucky to win a tub during an Instagram giveaway, and just had to include it in my blend. I added about 1.7 oz (half the tub) – Because pure coconut oil exists in solid state at temperature < 76F, heating it for about 20 seconds in the microwave raised the temperature of the oil, causing the oil to liquify. The addition of grapeseed oil to the blend helps maintain the liquid state at low temperatures. I love adding coconut oil to my blend because it’s super rich in moisture, and provides high levels of hydration. I am yet to come across an oil that is as rich as this. Avocado oil comes a close second, but I personally prefer coconut oil because it is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and contains a high % of Vitamin A,C and E.
- Perfume Oil – While adding a perfume oil blend is not necessary, who can say no to some intoxicating, heady fragrance? Not this girl, especially when she’s already saving money with a DIY solution. In the past, I’ve experimented with adding about 2-3 full droppers of various perfume oils from Valentina’s Home Brewed and it worked quite well. I have been hoarding a small 0.5 oz deluxe sample of Skin and Bones‘ multi purpose face/body/hair oil for quite some time now, and finally, I brought myself to use it up. This is a premade blend of extremely high grade therapeutic essential oils, “all specifically chosen for skin-targeting benefits, scent, and emotional healing properties”. Jojoba oil makes the main base, and sandalwood, ylang ylang, frankincense, jasmine, myrrh, are just some of the EOs included in this blend. If you don’t have a perfume oil blend on hand, you could also use 100% pure single ingredient essential oils!
There – you have it! Get cooking, and have some fun!
I’d like to share some more thoughts on Cocovit’s coconut oil – While coconut oil is a relatively new phenomenon in the West, having grown up in India, I had the pleasure of using lots and lots of different brands of coconut oil over the years. Very rarely do I come across a brand that catches my attention, and Cocovit is definitely one of them. The oil is sourced from South India (especially the state of Kerala – not sure which state of South India Cocovit’s oil is sourced from though), a region that has a reputation for manufacturing some of the highest grade of coconut oils. The oil is 100% pure, non-bleached, organic, GMO free, raw and untouched by heat. It literally melts into your skin.
If you follow me on Instagram, you guys know how much I detest using wash cloths with oils for makeup removal and instead, prefer cleansing oils that emulsify on contact with water. I used a tiny scoop (about 1/2 teaspoon) of this oil as a makeup remover, and I was so pleased with the results. The oil has great slip and melted my makeup (including eye makeup and a full face of BB cream) easily. I gave myself a good face massage for about 5 minutes and then washed off the oil with a warm washcloth. Face was clean and moisturized, with no “film coating”! I did do a second cleanse, but if you have dry skin, you could easily get away with a single cleanse.
I still have quite a bit of the oil left, and I’m looking forward to using it as a hair mask too! Cocovit’s website has MANY other uses listed for skin, health, hair etc. – definitely do take a look to get the most bang for your buck.
Do you have a DIY body oil recipe you’d like to share?